The Struggle is Real

Diana Shukri ‘17, Business Management/Human Resources Major

I hope all my fellow transfer students are adjusting to this first week at Portland State! I know it can be scary and frustrating adapting to change, especially when it comes to school. You may now are starting to realize how different community college is from a university!

Thoughts like “How am I going to get through this?” or “This is not what I expected!” are common. Trust me, I know the feeling. I remember my first term here feeling like I was struggling. Here’s my advice for getting over that feeling quickly.


Get used to the rigorous work load. You’ll soon realize that classes here are challenging. I came here thinking I could breeze through my classes and soon realized how wrong I was.

The good news is, you will adjust. Don’t stop working hard, even when you’re feeling discouraged. Always ask for help if you need it. You can talk to your professor, visit the tutoring center for free help, or join a study group.

Decide on your major. It’s a good idea to evaluate your major and decide if you truly want to continue on this path. Maybe you want to take on a minor? Or you’re losing interest in school and want a change of pace?

It can be a stressful decision. My advice: Think long-term, talk to your advisor, and trust your intuition.

Don’t procrastinate. Do not wait until the last minute to apply to school and get your transcripts transferred over. It will only result in a mad rush and potential delays.

Similarly, don’t wait until the last minute to register for classes. There’s no guarantee the classes you want will be open – and you don’t want to end up wait-listed for every class you sign up for. The lesson: Be aware of the academic calendar and meet with your advisor to create a plan.

Stay on top of your class work and work hard – pretty soon, you’ll feel right at home here.

~Diana Shukri ’17, Fearless Senior

What are you waiting for? Learn more about free tutoring for business students, schedule with your advisor, and check out the academic calendar.



Diana Shukri is a senior with a double business major studying business management and leadership and human resources management.

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Is on-campus employment worth it?

By Gene Park ’17, Supply and Logistics Management

There is a stereotype about student jobs that they aren’t “real jobs.” Especially if you are in need of money, working outside school seems like the most logical choice. When I started my first student job at Portland Community College, I didn’t have high expectations but knew I need to add some work experience for the sake of my resume.

It turns out, I was wrong about student employment. My job at PCC was one of the best experiences I’ve had because it provided me with personal growth opportunities that I would have missed if I had chosen an off-campus job that paid a few more dollars per hour.


Since that first job, I’ve had two others on campus. Here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way:

  • Time management – Most student jobs allow flexible schedules that will adjust for students’ scheduling needs. I was able to cut commute time dramatically by working and studying on the same days. It was a like an oasis in a desert for me when I needed more time to study.


  • Student friendly work environment – If you have worked off campus, you know how demanding a job can be. My  supervisors in student employment understood my struggles much more than my off-campus supervisors.


  • Competitive pay – Surprisingly, student job pay is not as bad as what you might think. Almost all student jobs will pay more than working at a franchise restaurant, for example. Obviously, I could not make a living from my student jobs, but working on campus is a great way to earn extra income.


  • Network opportunity – Working on-campus provides more opportunities to get to know your professors and fellow students. I was able to broaden my social circle and be exposed to new opportunities on campus.

~Gene Park ’17, Fearless Senior


Want to hear more about working on-campus? Attend our upcoming Finding and Getting an On-Campus Job workshop this Friday, Sept. 23 from 10 – 11 a.m. in SMSU 296. Find out more information here.


gene-park_webGene Park is a senior majoring in Supply and Logistics Management. He is also a Peer Advisor in the Undergraduate Programs Office. Connect with Gene via LinkedIn or by coming in for Express Advising.

Making the Leap

By Diana Shukri ’17, Business Management

I remember when I was about to start school at Portland State. Transferring from PCC, I was excited and nervous. Most importantly, I was ready … or so I thought. So many people who made the leap from community college to PSU told me, “Oh it’s the same thing, PSU is just bigger.” I took their advice and kept that mindset. Little did I know, that wasn’t really the case.

My first impression was, “Wow! This place is so big!” When that faded, I realized there was a lot I needed to learn and do in order to have a smooth and successful transition into PSU’s business program. Here’s what I learned that might help you:

  1. You still need to take those “other” business” classes. If you transferred here thinking, “Finally! I don’t have to take business classes that don’t apply to my major anymore!” Think again. All business students have to take a set of 8 core business classes that range from finance to marketing to supply and logistics. Expect a lot of group work in these classes as well.


  1. If you didn’t get it together at community college, you better start now. All business students have to be mindful of not one but two GPAs: Your cumulative GPA includes every class you’ve taken, and your SBA GPA includes only business courses. Both GPAs need to be at or above 2.5 to maintain good standing with SBA.If one or both GPAs fall below 2.5, you’ll be put on academic probation and have three terms to bring your GPA back up. This can become a stressful situation, so it’s best to avoid it by starting off on the right foot. My advice: Do your work. If you’re having trouble, talk to your professor and get help from fellow classmates. Don’t be intimidated about asking your professors for help: They are here to help you! I have done this countless of times and it has always helped.

  2. Meet with your advisors as much as you think you need to. The SBA advisers are some of the greatest sources of information I’ve found. They help with anything that you need academically and provide career counseling, too. Your adviser will become a major supporter that will help you stay on track to graduate on time.

You made a wise choice transferring from community college to the School of Business at PSU. I hope my advice will help make your transition to Portland State a positive and successful one!

~Diana Shukri ’17, Fearless Senior

Visit Academic and Career Advising for more tips on how to succeed as a transfer student!



Diana Shukri is a senior with a double business major studying business management and leadership and human resources management.